Cooking classes spur healthy diet for those touched by cancer

A healthy, nutritious diet is important for everyone, but even more so for those facing cancer. To this end, The Gathering Place is offering a variety of nutrition-focused cooking classes, all of which are free to those touched by cancer.

Following the New American Plate guidelines, The Gathering Place will offer several ingredient-focused cooking classes where participants will try their hands at healthy recipes and leave with meal ideas they can easily complete at home, including:

Gorgeous Greens, Thursday, August 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and romaine lettuce are excellent sources of carotenoids, fibers, folate and flavonoids that have been shown to decrease the risk of cancer. Example recipes include a low-calorie, protein-rich turkey, spinach and apple wrap that’s tasty, too.

Incredible Cruciferous, Thursday, September 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Participants in this workshop will learn fun and delicious recipes that incorporate cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Example recipes include Brussels sprouts with pecans and dried cranberries that are low in saturated fat, sodium and calories.

About the New American Plate Series:
According to the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR), at least 2/3 of the meal plate should be filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains and beans. These food groups are rich in substances that protect against many types of cancer. In fact, the AICR estimates that if we were on a proper diet like the New American Plate, exercised daily and maintained a healthy weight, 1/3 of the most common cancers could be prevented.

For more information or to sign up for a class, contact The Gathering Place at 216-595-9546 or www.touchedbycancer.org. Advance registration is required for both series. The Gathering Place West is located at 800 Sharon Drive in Westlake.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 3:46 PM, 08.02.2010